posted at 1/19/2009 4:33 AM EST
I have contacted a number of wedding band companies, but truthfully, I don't know one from the next as far as how good they are. Any suggestions about specific bands or companies to look into?
posted at 1/19/2009 4:48 PM EST
I am using Murray Hill Talent. I wanted Flipside, they are out of this world, but they were booked, so I am using Unity. The agents have been so wonderful to work with, answer all my questions right away (and I have had many). I highly recommend this company, they are very professional. As compared to other companies who tried to push me into booking, and called me all the time to see if I wanted to book. Murray Hill was the opposite.
posted at 1/20/2009 6:18 PM EST
I second Murray Hill Talent! We had Flipside, and they were UNREAL. Murray Hill represents several great bands - I'd recommend contacting them (I worked with Cory and Corrin - both were wonderful).
posted at 1/22/2009 7:25 AM EST
I used Wilson Stevens Productions to book my band. Tim Wilson from their was really really great and helpful. I booked the band Rare Form. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they are good.... anyone heard anything about them???
posted at 1/30/2009 8:01 AM EST
Check out Night Rhythm www.nightrhythm.com
Other bands that get recommended on here:
Men in Black
posted at 2/18/2009 4:05 AM EST
I actually second an endorsement for Harry Fix for cocktail hour music but he's not a party band!
posted at 2/18/2009 8:40 AM EST
Harry Fix, it's again the site policies to promote your business on this site so even if we like you, you're not allowed ot self-promote. I had to "report abuse".
posted at 3/2/2009 9:04 AM EST
Thanks everyone for your suggestions - we are thinking mainly about Flipside, Kahootz, All-nighters, and Night Rhythm with Rebecca & Eve (Monica/Brian are booked). Any other suggestions? This is by far the hardest decision we've had to make!
posted at 3/2/2009 2:39 PM EST
My financee and I booked World Premier Band with Entertainment Specialists. We actually went to a wedding in 2005 and held onto their card until we got engaged! Each song they sing they a have chorographed dance. Not everyone's style, but we loved it! Anyways, Entertainment Specialists is having a band showcase at Lantana in Randolph on Thursday night from 5:30-8:30. Right now Mystique (which I have heard great things about it) and the Allnighters are booked for. I guess other bands are TBD.
We went to a few band showcases for the Wilson Stevens bands too in Boston. I found it to be a great way to see many different kinds of bands. Good luck!
In case you wanted to attend here is some info. I got an e-mail today about it!
posted at 3/2/2009 3:26 PM EST
Have you heard any of them live? We booked Rebecca & Eve and are really excited about them. We loved their showcase and their demo.
posted at 3/3/2009 6:53 AM EST
No we havent seen any of them in person - we live in Beacon Hill sans car so we are unable to get to places like Randolph which are train unaccessible. I'm trying to avoid renting a zipcar if at all possible :) Good to hear about Rebecca & Eve, I have heard a lot of good things about Monica & Brian and was really sad that they were booked!
posted at 3/3/2009 7:38 AM EST
Check with the Steve Wilson company then. We viewed a couple of showcases in Boston with their groups. I would not suggest picking a band though without hearing them live. It is such a big expense that you wouldn't want to be disappointed.
posted at 3/3/2009 7:39 AM EST
Sorry!! Wilson Stevens
posted at 3/3/2009 9:08 AM EST
That's great advice, but then you have to actually make yourself go to the showcases. When i was checking out bands, I blew off about a dozen band showcases in a row- always with a good reason- and found myself really surprised that all the bands I liked kept getting booked. It seems that some of these crafty other brides were actually going to the showcases, seeing bands and booking them- can you imagine? Didn't they all know they were supposed to wait for me to decide? Anyway, I ended up with a DJ.
posted at 3/3/2009 9:12 AM EST
i live in beacon hill too! wedding planning without a car sounds tough! so many vendors are in the suburbs.
anyway, to be honest with you, we booked rebecca & eve after only hearing monica & brian. we later (after booking) went to a showcase that R&E did and so I can now say that I have heard them live, and they are great. The M&B showcase does take place downtown, so it is T accessible. For us, it confirmed the group's skill and professionalism and it sounded just like the demo we had received. We felt that on that basis, we could book R&E, knowing that we loved their demo and the group seemed very talented and lived up to its demo cd. I would recommend doing this only if you feel very comfortable with the choice (we were). If you are going to worry about it from now until the wedding, it's not worth it.
Anyway, I say you pick your favorite band based on the demo cds and recruit a friend to drive you to chelmsford for the showcase :).
posted at 3/11/2009 7:02 AM EDT
I booked the Allnighters for our wedding last year. They are one of the most established and professional bands in the area. They play everything from swing to funk to rock and pop to waltzes and things my whole family could enjoy. The sax player is amazing. We are huge fans. I did some searching and found allnightersband.com . Good luck!
posted at 3/12/2009 11:28 AM EDT
For what it's worth, those cattle-call band showcases can be pretty lame. You'll definitely notice that it is not the top bands that do those all the time, it's the bands that are open for a lot of dates. When I was checking to bands, I kept asking why the better bands didn't do showcases (the ones that i wanted to see), and one of the agents explained that it's a waste of time to put bands on the showcases that are already booked up for a lot of dates, so they put bands on that have really open schedules. I mean, it's probably still worth checking out, who knows? But there are much, much better bands than some of the ones listed above.
posted at 3/23/2009 9:05 AM EDT
I just photographed a wedding on December 27th. Men In Black performed for over 5 Hours. What a SHOW!. They had the whole place rocking. Could not help but take great photos of the band and how they got the audience involved in the performance. Even I wanted to dance...and I was not drinking (I usually have a two drink minimum before dancing). I would recommend this band for anyone....but only if you want to have FUN! I'll cut and paste their link... http://www.bostonweddingband.biz/
posted at 3/23/2009 11:34 AM EDT
AH this is great news!! We are having Men in Black for our June wedding!!